‘This truly global ex­pe­ri­ence has been amaz­ing’

Di­nesh Kumar Goel, an Mtech stu­dent of poly­mer en­gi­neer­ing at the Tokyo In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy, shares his ex­pe­ri­ence of study­ing in Ja­pan for seven years

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - HT Education - - Front Page - Gauri Kohli

Tell us about your­self. I am from Delhi and I pur­sued BSc (hons) chem­istry from Delhi Univer­sity. I also did a part-time Ja­panese lan­guage course at MO­SAI for which the classes were or­gan­ised at the Ja­pan Cul­ture and In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre. The idea of do­ing so was to get an ad­di­tional qual­i­fi­ca­tion along with my ma­jor to help me in my ca­reer. Dur­ing this time, I came to know about schol­ar­ships for un­der­grad­u­ate cour­ses spon­sored by the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, Cul­ture, Sports, Science and Tech­nol­ogy (MEXT), Ja­pan. I felt it was a great op­por­tu­nity as it could al­low me to study my ma­jor abroad. I cleared the exam and in­ter­view that fol­lowed and was se­lected for a fouryear pro­gramme at Col­lege of Tech­nol­ogy, Ja­pan. Af­ter con­sid­er­ing the ben­e­fits of study­ing in a Ja­panese univer­sity, I de­cided to drop out of my un­der­grad­u­ate de­gree course in In­dia and came to Ja­pan in 2006.

Af­ter com­plet­ing my as­so­ciate de­gree course in March 2010, I got trans­ferred to the third year of my bach­e­lor’s de­gree course in poly­mer en­gi­neer­ing at theTokyo In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy, where I got MEXT to ex­tend the schol­ar­ship pe­riod by two years on the ba­sis of grades se­cured dur­ing the pre­vi­ous four years. I fin­ished my BTech in March 2012 and it also marked the com­ple­tion of my schol­ar­ship pro­gramme spon­sored by MEXT- Ja­pan.

Cur­rently, I am pur­su­ing the MTech de­gree course in poly­mer en­gi­neer­ing in the same univer­sity. I will be com­plet­ing the same in March 2014. I will start work­ing in Kaneka Cor­po­ra­tion, Ja­pan, from April 2014. Get­ting a world­class ed­u­ca­tion and hav­ing a truly global ex­pe­ri­ence has been amaz­ing. Elab­o­rate on the visa ap­pli­ca­tion process. Did you face any prob­lem? Be­ing a MEXT scholar, I did not face any prob­lems in get­ting the visa ap­proved. The em­bassy al­ready had a list of the stu­dents, and since we were go­ing to be sup­ported by the Ja­panese govern­ment, the process was very smooth. How much was the tuition fee and what was the aver­age cost of liv­ing? The to­tal fee, in­clud­ing tuition fee, ad­mis­sion fee and ap­pli­ca­tion fee for an un­der- grad­u­ate course at my univer­sity is 834,800 JPY per year ap­prox­i­mately. For the mas­ter’s course, it is slightly higher. In other national uni­ver­si­ties, the fee struc­ture is al­most the same. For pri­vate uni­ver­si­ties, the tuition fee is more ex­pen­sive. As for the cost of liv­ing, I be­lieve about 80,000-100,000 JPY should suf­fice. You can earn more than 50,000 JPY by work­ing on week­ends. How did you bal­ance your stud­ies with other ac­tiv­i­ties? Did you work/in­tern part-time? I did some part-time jobs (ser­vice in­dus­try, cul­tural teach­ing in schools and trans­la­tion jobs) but the main source of my liv­ing cost has been the schol­ar­ship amount, so, for­tu­nately, I had some free time as well.

Dur­ing my stay in Ja­pan, I could de­vote some time for vol­un­teer work and ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties. I got a chance to serve as the pres­i­dent of Tokyo In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy In­ter­na­tional Stu­dents As­so­ci­a­tion which rep­re­sents more than 1000 for­eign stu­dents in our univer­sity.

Hav­ing spent seven years study­ing in Ja­pan, Di­nesh Kumar Goel (cen­tre), a MEXT scholar, is look­ing for­ward to work­ing there

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